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TransEuropa Ferries (TEF)


TransEuropa Ferries was a freight and passenger ferry company operating between Ramsgate and Ostend from 1998 to 2013. TransEuropa Shipping Lines (TSL) of Koper, Slovenia started a ro-ro freight ferry service between Ramsgate and Ostend on 21st November 1998 following the closure of the Sally Line services to the Belgian port. TSL’s Belgian subsidiary TransEuropa Ferries NV was founded on the 1st June 2001 to take over the cross-channel operation. On the 20th July 2004 TransEuropa started a car and passenger ferry service from Ostend to Ramsgate to supplement their existing freight service. Between 2010 and 2011 TransEuropa Ferries operated a joint service on the route with LD Lines. The company suspended operations on the 18th April 2013, and on the 25th April 2013 the line filed to initiate bankruptcy procedures.

MV Roseanne - Past and Present

MV Roseanne – Past and Present

MV Strofades IV, ex Sea Angel, Sea Witch, Roseanne – Steel twin screw motor vessel built by Hijos de J, Barreras S.A. Vigo Spain, (Yard No. 1461) in 1982 for Compania Naviera Astur SA, Gijon, Spain as a passenger and roll-on roll-off cargo ship

© Carsten Dettmer

MV Calais Seaways – Past and Present

MV Calais Seaways, ex Norman Spirit, Ostend Spirit, Pride of Aquitaine, PO Aquitaine, POSL Aquitaine, Stena Royal, Prins Filip – Steel twin screw motor vessel built by Boelwerf of Temse, Belgium (Yard No. 1534), for Regie Voor Maritiem Transport (RMT) in 1991 as a Ro/Ro car and commercial vehicle passenger ferry

MV Wisteria - Past and Present

MV Wisteria – Past and Present

MV Vronskiy, ex Duc De Normandie – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built and engined by Verolme Scheepswerf Heusden B.V, Heusden, Holland in 1978 (Yard No 959) for the Stoomvaart Maatschappij Zeeland (SMZ), Hoek Van Holland, Holland

© Ray Goodfellow

MV Pride of Calais – Past and Present

MV Ostend Spirit – ex Pride of Calais, P&OSL Calais, PO Calais, Pride of Calais – Steel triple screw motor vessel, built Schichau-Unterweser Ag, Bremen-Vegesack, Germany in 1987 as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry. Engined by Sulzer Bros. Ltd., Winterthur. (Yard No. 94). Launched April 11th, 1987.

© Cedric Hacke

Mv Larkspur – Past and Present

MV Lucky Star – ex Larks, Larkspur, Eurotraveller, Sally Sky, Viking 2, Gedser – Steel twin screw motor vessel built by Schichau-Unterweser Ag, Bremerhaven (Yard No. 2269) in 1976 for Gedser-Travemunde Ruten A/S, Gedser Denmark.

© Brian Fisher

Mv Princesse-Marie Christine – Past and Present

MV Elegant I, ex Primrose, Princesse-Marie Christine – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built by Cockerill Yards, Hoboken (Yard No. 878) in 1975 for Regie voor Maritiem Transport (RMT) Ostend service as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry. Engined by Chantiers de l’Atlantique, St. Nazaire

© Bob Scott

Mv Prinses Maria-Esmeralda – Past and Present

MV Al Arabia, ex Aqaba Express, Beni Ansar, Wisteria, Beni Ansar, Wisteria, Prinses Maria Esmeralda – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built by Cockerill yards, Hoboken (Yard No. 877) in 1975 for Regie voor Maritiem Transport (RMT) Ostend service as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry

© Brian Fisher

Mv Prins Albert (III) – Past and Present

MV Voyager, ex Eurovoyager, Prins Albert (III) – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built by Cockerill Yards, Hoboken, (Yard No. 887) in 1978 for Regie voor Maritiem Transport (RMT) Ostend service as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry

© Ken Larwood

Mv Pride of Free Enterprise – Past and Present

MV Sher, ex Sherbatskiy, Oleander, P&OSL Picardy, Pride of Bruges, Pride of Free Enterprise – Steel triple screw motor vessel built by Schichau-Unterweser AG at Bremerhaven, (Yard No. 2281) West Germany in 1980 as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry

© Brian Fisher

Mv European Clearway – Past and Present

MV Via Mare, ex Begonia, Panther, European Clearway – Steel twin screw motor vessel, intended primarily as a commercial vehicle ferry, built and engined by Schichau Unterweser A.G., Bremen (Yard No. 2263) in 1975 for the Monarch Steamship Company, like Townsend’s, a subsidiary of the European Ferries Group

© Fotoflite

Mv European Enterprise – Past and Present

MV Star Fighter, ex Gardenia, European Endeavour, European Enterprise – Steel twin screw motor vessel, intended primarily as a commercial vehicle ferry, built and engineered by Schichau Unterweser A.G., Bremen (Yard No. 2275) in 1977 for the Monarch Steamship Company, like Townsend’s, a subsidiary of the European Ferries Group

© Brian Fisher

Mv Free Enterprise V – Past and Present

MV Veronica Line – ex Tadla, Laburnum, Pride of Hythe, Free Enterprise V – Steel triple screw motor vessel, built by N.V. Werf “Gusto”, Schiedam, (Yard No. CO 755) for Townsend’s in 1970 as a passenger and roll-on-roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry. Engined by Smit Kinderdijk V.O.F.